Elite Sport Performance: Psychological Perspectives is a self-paced course which we anticipate should take you between 60 and 80 hours to complete. The course website will remain open until February 29 2016.
The video above describes how to navigate through the course. The course is designed to be completed in a specific order to help develop your knowledge of psychological skills training techniques which will ultimately allow you to create a mental training program. Once you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate of completion.
To move on to the next module or topic, you will need to mark it as complete. The button will disappear once you have done so and that module or topic will be viewable from then onwards. The button looks like this:
Example course activities
As you work your way through the course, you will encounter a range of learning activities. All activities are optional, but have been created to deepen your learning.
Sometimes you will be asked to reflect on your own experiences or what you have learned, as in the the example below from the Mood and Emotion module:
Thinking about mood and performance
Considering the points above, what do you think is the single most important mood determinant of performance?
Also is some anger and tension necessarily a bad thing?
[toggle type=”” title=”More”]Symptoms of depression have a huge effect on performance not only by directly undermining performance in its own right, but also by increasing other factors that have negative effects on performance, such as decreased vigour and increased confusion.
On the other hand, some anger and tension can have a positive effect on performance, especially if symptoms of depression are absent. A key point is that anger and tension should be at optimal levels.
Mild anger can assist motivation by making an athlete more determined during competition. Similarly, as discussed earlier in the course, tension can aid performance so long as it is under control by the athlete or else anxiety may set in and lead to movement patterns that lack fluidity.[/toggle]
Discussing and sharing
There are opportunities to discuss and share your ideas throughout the course, such as in this example from the motivation module.
[box_frame style=”” width=”” class=”” align=”none” title=”Activity” inner_style=””]Perhaps you have been involved with coaching athletes. Have you used token rewards? Were they effective? Would you use them now? Please share your knowledge, ideas and insights with others on the forum.
Contributing to the forum
The discussion forum allows you to share your insights, experiences, and opinions about the the course content and about sport psychology in general. The links below will take you to the forum and some topics of interest:
The forums will be facilitated by two course moderators based at the University of Southern Queensland. Below they offer their personal introductions:
If you have a specific query about the course, then please place your question in the comments box at the bottom of this page and we will respond as soon as possible. If not, you can return to the course by clicking on the button below.